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African gosling hatched yesterday not walking.

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So over the last week we've been closely monitoring a clutch of African goslings that one of our ducks is on. Momma goose is on her own nest she only recently started.

Anyway, after an internal pip a few days ago, my husband added a safety hole and we kept monitoring. Yesterday morning ot had its chest free, but head and bottom was still stuck, and egf was a little dry. So we had to assist in getting his head free. Last night he was totally hatched and resting. This morning he was away from the broody duck and eggs, cold and in a corner. So we brought him in to the brooder. He was weak and tired but drank and slept and now is much more alert and trying to walk.

Problem is, he can't seem to get his feet. He stumbles and falls and scoots around. He seems to keep his feet curled instead of open. They seem weak and a bit floppy. Is this something that will get better the longer he's out, or should I be concerned. What's going on with this little dude?

Thanks so much!
Edited by aduckstolemyheart - 5/12/16 at 10:29am

2 daughters and 1 son, 3 dogs, too many cats, mixed flock of ducks (Welsh Harlequin, swedish, runners, Saxony, Ancona) 2 African Geese, 6 Silkie chickens and an Arabian horse!

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2 daughters and 1 son, 3 dogs, too many cats, mixed flock of ducks (Welsh Harlequin, swedish, runners, Saxony, Ancona) 2 African Geese, 6 Silkie chickens and an Arabian horse!

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My Canada goslings had the same problem but it solved itself within a day or two. To be honest this may be normal as they still have to work up the muscles a bit. But then again I could be completely wrong. I would give him about a day. If the problem continues keep and eye on him and probably give him a higher protein feed. If it still doesn't solve itself I would probably bring him to a vet
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Thanks for the reply. He already seems a little stronger. He's standing up a bit higher, rather than on his hocks all the time and his feet seem to be slowly working their way out. One is doing really well, the other is still curled a little. I'm still not sure he's eating, he may be and I just haven't seen it.

I was thinking of giving him little chick shoes if he isn't better tomorrow. Any experience with cardboard shoes or hobbles?
Edited by aduckstolemyheart - 5/12/16 at 8:31pm

2 daughters and 1 son, 3 dogs, too many cats, mixed flock of ducks (Welsh Harlequin, swedish, runners, Saxony, Ancona) 2 African Geese, 6 Silkie chickens and an Arabian horse!

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2 daughters and 1 son, 3 dogs, too many cats, mixed flock of ducks (Welsh Harlequin, swedish, runners, Saxony, Ancona) 2 African Geese, 6 Silkie chickens and an Arabian horse!

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Looks like you were right. He's doing awesome now!

2 daughters and 1 son, 3 dogs, too many cats, mixed flock of ducks (Welsh Harlequin, swedish, runners, Saxony, Ancona) 2 African Geese, 6 Silkie chickens and an Arabian horse!

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2 daughters and 1 son, 3 dogs, too many cats, mixed flock of ducks (Welsh Harlequin, swedish, runners, Saxony, Ancona) 2 African Geese, 6 Silkie chickens and an Arabian horse!

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